Published: 26th September 2019
UoH Elections 2019: 70 per cent students come out to vote, results on September 27
The first half of the polls, that ended, at 1 pm saw 55 per cent of the students coming out to vote for their representatives
The University of Hyderabad Students' Union elections ended peacefully at 5 pm with a voter turnout of around 70 per cent, sources at the university said. A total of around 5,000 students were eligible for voting and a majority of them cast their votes at 16 polling booths on September 26.
Sources said that around 3,500 students came out to exercise their franchise in both the halves with more than 2,500 votes cast in the first half of the polls that ended at 1 pm. A total of 24 candidates contested for the position of Office Bearers — President (5 candidates), Vice-President (5 candidates), General Secretary (4 candidates), Joint Secretary (4 candidates), Cultural Secretary (3 candidates) and Sports Secretary (3 candidates). In addition, 124 candidates contested for different positions of School Board Members (Research & PG), School Councilors and Internal Complaint Committee (ICC-GSCASH) representatives for the Research, PG and Integrated segments.
The Ambedkar Students Association, Students Federation of India, Dalit Students Union and the Telangana Students Federation have formed an alliance this year to 'fight the right-wing' putting aside their differences. The alliance has proposed candidates for all the posts. Last year's winner ABVP, has also geared up well for the elections but Congress-backed NSUI has opted out of the contest this year. This year's election is also more dramatic than other years — ABVP's Presidential candidate Phani Krishna, a PhD student was a hardcore critic of the party he now represents and was a member of NSUI even a month ago. ABVP had won last year's election after a long dry spell of eight years.
The Election Commission comprising of nine faculty members chaired by Dr V Srinivasa Rao (Associate Professor, Centre for Regional Studies, School of Social Sciences), co-chaired by Dr Md Zahidul Haque (Associate Professor, Dept. of Urdu, School of Humanities) and Dr B Bindu Madhav Reddy (Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences) is conducting the Students Union elections for the year 2019-2020. The notification to file the nominations was released by the Commission on September 17. A total of around 200 university staffs are engaged with the Election Commission in conducting the Students Union Election smoothly. The results shall be declared on September 27.